Wicklow Sinn Féin County Councillor John Brady has warned householders across Wicklow to be extra vigilant following a 20% increase in house burglaries in the Bray area. The figures were given to Councillor Brady at a recent Joint Policing Committee meeting with the Gardaí. The figures show that in 2014 there was 369 burglaries, whilst 443 took place in 2015, in the Bray District alone.
Speaking about the increase in burglaries Councillor Brady said “I’m asking householders to be extra vigilant over the Christmas period and ensure their homes are properly secured. At a recent meeting with the Garda Chief Superintendent it was revealed that there has been a massive increase of 20% in burglaries in the Bray area. In 2014 there were 369 burglaries; whilst in 2015 there have been 443 to date.”
“We are in the peak of the burglary season. The longer darker evenings protect opportunist burglars with the cover of darkness, enabling them to sneak around properties virtually undetected. Unfortunately unless extra vigilance is taken this number is set to increase over the Christmas season. It’s also very important that any suspicious activity is reported to the Gardaí.”
Cllr Brady concluded “No property is immune from the threat of burglary, but, as many of those who experience a burglary realise in retrospect, there is usually scope for making it more difficult for a would-be burglar to get the chance to spoil what should be nothing less than a joyful time.”